By Chris Hicks, County Director – UT Extension Smith County
Mark your calendar for Wednesday, June 9 to “Celebrate Summer with UT Extension.” You can join us from 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. at our office at 125 Gordonsville Highway in Carthage for food, prizes, and more!
UT Extension, which over the years has gone by other names such as the Agriculture Extension Service, has been around for over 100 years working to improve the lives of Tennesseans. As an “extension” of the University of Tennessee, we bring research-based information in areas such as agriculture, families and health, and 4-H youth development from the University into local communities.
The goal of Extension is to provide education, with Extension agents in the local office being the link between Tennesseans and university specialists, scientists, and researchers. Extension professionals are able to provide information on a variety of subjects, ranging from landscaping to nutrition, from animal health to family money management.
In a single day, individuals may come into the local Extension office with questions on a variety of topics such as marketing timber, pest identification and control, or managing diabetes. It would be difficult for any one individual to be an expert on all those topics, yet there are specialists in each of them, along with many others, at the University who provide support for agents across the state.
Extension also has hundreds of publications available free of charge. Topics range from nutrition and food safety, to livestock production, to home gardening and more. Most of our publications are available online at smith.tennessee.edu.
Whether you are one of our regulars or someone who has never considered all that UT Extension has to offer, I hope you will drop by on June 9 for lunch on us. Our office is located at 125 Gordonsville Highway, Suite 300 in Carthage. You can also find us online at smith.tennessee.edu, on Facebook at UT Extension-Smith County, or give us a call at 615-735-2900.
The University of Tennessee Extension Smith County offers its programs to all eligible persons regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, age, religion, disability, or veteran status and is an equal opportunity employer.